You no longer follow Laurie

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Laurie

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Laurie

Florence, KY, United States | Member Since 2012

756
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 247 reviews
  • 350 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2018
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
50

  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    Overall
    (16395)
    Performance
    (14573)
    Story
    (14583)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Tell your tween"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While this was an OK book, it really belongs in the young adult / young teen section. It reminded me of books I read when I was about thirteen. It did prompt me to read more about Orphan Trains, which I did find interesting, so I did get something out of it>

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • The Wife Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Greer Hendricks, Sarah Pekkanen
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8084)
    Performance
    (7439)
    Story
    (7397)

    When you listen to this audiobook, you will make many assumptions. You will assume you are listening to a story about a jealous ex-wife. You will assume she is obsessed with her replacement - a beautiful, younger woman who is about to marry the man they both love. You will assume you know the anatomy of this tangled love triangle. Assume nothing. Twisted and deliciously chilling, The Wife Between Us exposes the secret complexities of an enviable marriage - and the dangerous truths we ignore in the name of love.

    Davina15 says: "Wow, wow & Just WOW!"
    "Just NO"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book got so much hype as a terrific suspense novel - don't believe it! You are 7-8 HOURS in before it becomes clear what is going on, and by then, quite frankly, I had lost interest. After the plot speeds up, characters assume traits they hadn't had previously, and by the end the whole thing was pretty laughable. Waste of time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Katy Tur
    • Narrated By Katy Tur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2017)
    Performance
    (1850)
    Story
    (1840)

    The NBC journalist who covered - and took fire from - Donald Trump on the campaign trail offers an inside look at the most shocking presidential election in American history. Intriguing, disturbing, and powerful, Unbelievable is an unprecedented eyewitness account of the 2016 election from an intelligent, dedicated journalist at the center of it - a thoughtful historical record that offers eye-opening insights and details on our political process, the media, and the mercurial 45th president of the United States.

    v2o777 says: "ENLIGHTENING WITH MUCH HUMOR -LIKE YOU WERE THERE"
    "Yep, it sure was"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I usually watch the NBC news at night, so I started to see a lot of Katie Tur covering Trump and was curious to read her account of the campaign. Interesting listen, would recommend if you have an interest in this topic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ann Leary
    • Narrated By Mary Beth Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3162)
    Performance
    (2902)
    Story
    (2891)

    The Good House tells the story of Hildy Good, who lives in a small town on Boston's North Shore. Hildy is a successful real-estate broker, good neighbor, mother, and grandmother. She's also a raging alcoholic. Hildy's family held an intervention for her about a year before this story takes place - "if they invite you over for dinner, and it’s not a major holiday," she advises "run for your life" - and now she feels lonely and unjustly persecuted. She has also fooled herself into thinking that moderation is the key.

    Rhonda Morrison says: "What a great book, Hildy is a great character!"
    "A great narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This is one of those books where the narrator just BECOMES the main character. Ms Hurt does a great job and thus makes what could have been just an average listen really come alive. The book can be sad at times, especially if you have ever known someone with a drinking problem, but it's worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Liked My Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Abby Fabiaschi
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2458)
    Performance
    (2307)
    Story
    (2304)

    Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

    SLuzaz says: "Loved it! Don't let the suicide issue put you off"
    "And I loved this book!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I am so glad that other reviews warned to not be put off by the subject - a mother's suicide - and I took a chance. Wow - what a great book! While the idea of a "voice from beyond" was a little strange at first, this book was funny, endearing, poignant, and just had a fantastic ending. And the narration was spot on, too. Definitely recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Little Boy Lost

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. D. Trafford
    • Narrated By JD Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (645)
    Story
    (643)

    Attorney Justin Glass's practice, housed in a shabby office on the north side of Saint Louis, isn't doing so well that he can afford to work for free. But when eight-year-old Tanisha Walker offers him a jar full of change to find her missing brother, he doesn't have the heart to turn her away. Justin had hoped to find the boy alive and well. But all that was found of Devon Walker was his brutally murdered body - and the bodies of twelve other African American teenagers, all discarded like trash in a mass grave.

    shelley says: "Outstanding book from new (to me) author..."
    "Little plot lost..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sorry, but this book did not live up to the hype. There was just too much going on - widowed father, family issues, relationships, race, - and the author just didn't seem able to put all the pieces together into an effective narrative. There are better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Home Front: Life in America During World War II

    • ORIGINAL (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Audible Original
    • Narrated By Martin Sheen
    Overall
    (3468)
    Performance
    (3131)
    Story
    (3115)

    [Contains some explicit content] Narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, The Home Front: Life in America During World War II takes listeners into the lives of Americans at home who supported the war effort and sustained the country during wartime. The war brought immediate, life-changing shifts; from the rationing of butter, to an explosion of war-related jobs, to mixed-signals about the role of women in society. Feel what living in the United States was like for everyday people during this disruptive and uncertain period of American history in the newest Audible Original series. Martha Little is the Executive Producer. Dan Gediman is the Series Producer.

    Bradley Justice says: "Excellent! But incessant breaks with credits along the way."
    "Definitely listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked "The Greatest Generation" - this seemed to be a more realistic portrait of the times during WWII. And who doesn't like to listen to Martin Sheen?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By K. L. Slater
    • Narrated By Lucy Price-Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4775)
    Performance
    (4339)
    Story
    (4322)

    How far would you go to protect your family? Single dad Ben is doing his best to raise his children, with the help of his devoted mother, Judi. And then Ben meets Amber. Everyone thinks this is a perfect match for Ben, but Judi isn't so sure.... There's just something about Amber that doesn't add up. Ben can't see why his mother dislikes his new girlfriend. And Amber doesn't want Judi anywhere near her new family. Amber just wants Ben and the children.

    TC says: "Loved It!"
    "Twisted ending"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book hooked me right away, and the ending was not what I was expecting. It's a nice, quick listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Michael Connelly
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12116)
    Performance
    (9445)
    Story
    (9428)

    For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal. The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell.

    Daniel McAfee says: "What a Terrific Book"
    "If you have the time..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I like Connelly, and have listened to several of the Harry Bosch books, but this one just seemed long to me. Good story, but I think it could have used more editing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Harm's Way: The Sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of Its Survivors

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Doug Stanton
    • Narrated By Mark Boyett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2227)
    Performance
    (2086)
    Story
    (2080)

    On July 30, 1945, the USS Indianapolis was torpedoed in the South Pacific by a Japanese submarine. An estimated 300 men were killed upon impact; close to 900 sailors were cast into the Pacific Ocean, where they remained undetected by the navy for nearly four days and nights. Battered by a savage sea, they struggled to stay alive, fighting off sharks, hypothermia, and dementia. By the time rescue arrived, all but 317 men had died. The captain's subsequent court-martial left many questions unanswered

    Clarence Sparks says: "Captivating"
    "Wow"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Anyone who has ever seen the movie "Jaws" remembers the scene where Quint describes the sinking of the Indianapolis and the shark attacks. I finally got to hear the remarkable story of the sinking, and it's a great listen. I was not keen on the narrator at first, but once the ship sank, I just couldn't stop listening. Really good if you like history - highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Crickets Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Charles Martin
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (718)
    Performance
    (666)
    Story
    (661)

    A man with a painful past. A child with a doubtful future. And a shared journey toward healing for both their hearts... It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. But the little girl’s pretty yellow dress can’t quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives.

    Cricket says: "What a Surprise!"
    "My first Charles Martin"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have never listened to this author, but his writing is really beautiful. A few times I thought he might be venturing into Nicholas Sparks territory (really sappy) but then the book "righted itself". It might stretch believability at times, but the narration is just perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.